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UPI NewsTrack Business
UPI.comNovember 1, 2011

Burroughs predicted membership at the nine-branch credit union would grow 5 percent this year, compared to 4 percent in 2010, The Detroit News reported Monday. With a new law limits the amount banks can charge when a consumer uses a debit card at a ...more »

A Patent for Software
IPWatchdog.comNovember 1, 2011

The “uniqueness” requirement mentioned is similar to the requirements for all inventions to be patented and is grounded into the patent laws by the novelty and non-obviousness requirements. The “tied to a machine” requirement comes to us thanks to the ...more »

Tax Law News and Stories

Audit Defence
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Tax Tips for the Newly Self-Employed
Fox BusinessNovember 18, 2011

I was recently surprised when a client asked me if she could write off her professional liability insurance. Of course you can! Don't overlook deductions. For the most part, the IRS allows you to deduct any expense that is considered “ordinary and ...more »

Irs Filing & Compliance
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Are You 'Class' Conscious?
SecurityInfoWatchNovember 4, 2011

Security providers may employ two types of workers-employees and independent contractors. While these workers might look and act the same in the work they do, they subject employers to very different federal and state tax and employment laws and ...more »

Business Audit Defence
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ARNOLD: You don't get to choose which law to break
North County TimesNovember 2, 2011

Hiring illegal immigrants, of course, is against the law, and businesses that get busted are subject to huge fines. Just last month, Escondido Disposal Inc. fired about a quarter of its 200 employees after a federal immigration audit found they did not ...more »

Personal Irs Disputes
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Cleveland lawyer Leslie 'Les' Jacobs pleads guilty to federal tax charge
Plain Dealer (blog)November 2, 2011

Jacobs is a Harvard Law School graduate and the former president of the Ohio State Bar Association. He was recently named the 2012 Cleveland Litigation-Antitrust Lawyer of the Year by the Best Lawyers in America publication. He previously served as one ...more »

Property Taxes
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Properties seized over unpaid taxes
Exeter News-LetterNovember 1, 2011

The auction house will sell the properties and the town would receive the proceeds once they're auctioned off. A property becomes eligible for a lien a few months after a property owner fails to pay his second tax bill, at which point the two bills are ...more »

Corporate Income Taxes
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You Can Opt to Deduct Sales Taxes
Wall Street JournalNovember 6, 2011

"If you use the tables," he adds, "you are allowed to add to the table amount any general sales taxes paid on a vehicle purchase" or on certain other items, such as a home improvement. For tips and guidance on calculating the sales-tax deduction, ...more »

Sales Tax & Use Tax
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Colorado tax defeat a signal of voters' sour mood
Boston.comNovember 3, 2011

Colorado has constitutional mandates that require most tax hikes to be approved by voters. The school tax on the ballot Tuesday would have raised individual and corporate tax rates from 4.63 percent to 5 percent and Colorado's sales and use tax rate ...more »

Estate Taxes & Gift Taxes
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Health Law Premium Tax Will Boost Coverage Costs, Insurers Say
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

3 (Bloomberg) -- Health insurance premiums for people buying coverage through small-employer markets will increase by as much as 3.7 percent, or $3100, over 10 years as a new tax takes effect in 2014, a study by US insurers found. ...more »

Tax Evasion Defence
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Congressman calls on feds to examine Prime Healthcare's billing, taxes
California WatchNovember 7, 2011

Based on another California Watch story, Filner is also asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the hospital chain's "apparent tax evasion," based on a charitable gift from a Prime foundation. Filner made his request in two letters: one to ...more »

International Taxation
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San Jose Mayor Proposes Raising Medical-Marijuana Business Tax
BloombergNovember 2, 2011

To pay for an election to repeal the rules, Reed called for an increase in the city's tax on the shops to the maximum 10 percent of gross receipts, up from 7 percent currently, according to a memo the mayor released yesterday. ...more »

Tax Planning
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Tax hike could be needed for Montgomery's bus rapid transit
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineNovember 1, 2011

That is still a possibility, but additional taxes would be needed to pay for the construction. Preliminary plans call for operation on major north-south roads, such as Georgia Avenue and Rockville Pike, and east-west roads, including Randolph Road. ...more »

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